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Deborah Roil

Deborah is the founder and editor of Tudor Places magazine. Following a career in business, Deborah is currently studying for a Masters in English Building History at the University of York and researching and writing her first book, about Tudor places. She is the co-founder of the website, Tudor Times, a repository of information about Tudors and Stewarts in the period 1485 – 1625.

Dr Emma J Wells

Emma is an ecclesiastical and architectural historian/buildings archaeologist as well as public historian, specialising in the late medieval/early modern English parish church/cathedral, pilgrimage, the cult of saints, and the ‘senses’, as well as built heritage more generally. She is currently a Principal Historic Buildings Consultant and formerly a Lecturer and Programme Director at the University of York. She is also an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University.

Emma’s latest book, Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals, was published in September 2022.

Twitter: @Emma_J_Wells
Instagram: @wells_emma

Tracy Borman

Tracy is Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and an honorary professor at Bishop Grosseteste University. She is also an author, historian and broadcaster, specialising in the Tudor period, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Tracy has presented a number of history programmes for Channel 5, Yesterday TV and the Smithsonian Channel. She is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and gives talks on her books across the country and abroad.

Twitter: @TracyBorman
Instagram: @tracy.borman

Julian Humphrys

Julian is an historian, speaker and guide. After taking a degree in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he spent 12 years at Chelsea’s National Army Museum as spokesman to the media on all matters of military history. Julian is a trustee of the Battlefields Trust, the UK Charity dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Britain’s historic battlefields. He now leads a busy programme of study tours and guided visits to battlefields, castles and historic properties.

Julian's published books include The Private Life of Palaces; Clash of Arms: Twelve English Battles; and Enemies at the Gate: English Castles under Siege.

Twitter: @JulesHumphrys
Instagram: @julianhumphrys

Melita Thomas

Melita is the co-founder and editor of the website, Tudor Times. She trained as a Chartered Surveyor and followed a career in business before researching and writing about the Tudor period. Melita has published two books, The King’s Pearl: Henry VIII and His Daughter Mary and The House of Grey: Friends & Foes of Kings, and is currently studying the social and political networks of Mary I for her doctorate at University College London.

Twitter: @thetudortimes
Instagram: tudor_times

Dr Alden Gregory

Alden is the Curator of Historic Buildings at the Tower of London. He has previously also worked as a curator for the National Trust. An expert on late medieval and early modern architecture and court culture, Alden wrote his doctoral thesis on the architectural history of Knole in Sevenoaks, Kent, and has more recently led a research project on the tents and temporary timber lodgings of the Tudor royal court.


Dr Sarah Morris

Sarah is the founder and CEO of The Tudor Travel Guide. She aims to inspire people from all over the world to learn about and visit places steeped in Tudor history. Sarah is the author of three books including the Amazon best seller, In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn, is host of The Tudor History & Travel Show podcast and runs an eponymous YouTube channel dedicated to exploring and chronicling Tudor places.

Twitter: @TheTTGuide
Instagram: @thetudortravelguide

Dr Elizabeth Norton

Elizabeth is a British historian. She has written widely on the Tudor period, including the critically acclaimed The Lives of Tudor Women (Head of Zeus, 2016). She acted as Historical Consultant and onscreen contributor for the BBC’s The Boleyns, A Scandalous Family and is regularly featured on television. She was recently a finalist in Christmas University Challenge, in the alumnae team for Hertford College, Oxford.

Twitter: @ENortonHistory

Nathen Amin

Nathen Amin is an author from Carmarthenshire, West Wales, who focuses on the fifteenth century and the reign of Henry VII. He wrote Tudor Wales in 2014 and York Pubs in 2016, followed in 2017 by the first full-length biography of the Beaufort family, The House of Beaufort, an Amazon #1 bestseller. He is a member of the Royal Historical Society and a trustee of the Henry Tudor Trust.

Twitter: @NathenAmin
Facebook: @NathenAminAuthor

Alfred R. J. Hawkins

Alfred is the Assistant Curator of Historic Buildings at the Tower of London. He has previously worked as a buildings archaeologist for Pre-Construct Archaeology. He has been an onscreen contributor for Channel 5’s Inside the Tower and Discovery Channel’s Unearthed.

Twitter: @ARJ_Hawkins

Hannah Leueen Matthews

Hannah is Curator at the Mary Rose Trust, an architectural historian and osteoarchaeologist. Hannah has previously worked in Operations and Historic Building Conservation roles at Burghley House Preservation Trust and Historic Royal Palaces based at HM Tower of London and Banqueting House, Whitehall. She specialises in sixteenth-century royal building works and is a qualified osteoarchaeologist. Hannah is currently researching James Nedam, carpenter and Surveyor of the King’s Works (1532-44), for her DPhil in Architectural History at the University of Oxford.

Twitter: @HLMatthews_MR

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